CA – April 2021, Wildflowers of Tehama County

Probably the best area to hike and see wildflowers in Tehama County is at the Sacramento River Bend Recreation Area (link).

This area offers amazing wildflowers viewing in the spring. The rolling hills of this oak woodland are carpeted with purple and yellow in all directions. The Hog Lake Plateau and the Yana Trail are great locations to view open expanses of blooming wildflowers.” Source: BLM website

The displays aren’t as splashy as at North Table Mountain Ecological Preserve in Butte County which I shared previously (link), and you might need to share a bit with the cows, but it’s much less busy with several trailheads providing access and varying terrain. The 360-views are phenomenal on clear days where you can see the snowy peaks of Lassen, Shasta, the Trinity Alps and Yolla Bollys.

Another positive is that there are several opportunities to spend time along the Sacramento River, either dipping your toes or viewing the soaring eagles and others who fancy flight.

These photos were taken primarily from my hike starting at the Iron Canyon Trailhead. The Bird’s-eye Gilia tickled my fancy. I couldn’t get enough of these bright cheerful flowers.

This was my introduction to Glue-seed (Blennosperma nanum). There were plentiful as were Popcornflowers.

Possibly my favorite find was Padre’s Shooting Star (Primula clevelandi). This was my first year to notice white shooting stars and I mistakenly thought they were all the same variety but discovered that Henderson’s can also be found in white and various shades of pink.

Johnny-tuck aka Butter and Eggs Triphysaria eriantha plus a bonus Goldfields

Not positive on this one. The Seek app identified as Smallflower Woodland Star (Lithophragma parviflorum).

Isn’t this a great name? Definitely descriptive. Cowbag Clover (Trifolium depauperatum).

White Brodiaea Triteleia hyacinthia

California poppies and Mediterranean Stork’s-bill

Nature’s perfect bouquet.

By mid to late April the wildflowers fade away to be replaced by brown grasses, rattlesnakes, and stickers while the beauties go into hibernation waiting to spring forth the next year.

4 thoughts on “CA – April 2021, Wildflowers of Tehama County

  1. I keep hearing about the drought in the southwest, including California. By the last few posts it looks as though the flowers are enjoying a rather good season. Do you rely on any particular book for reference in identifying flowers? Good to see you out and about and healing well.

    • Northern CA seems to have fared a bit better in the rain/snow department vs further south, although we are still well below average. Thankfully I’ve been able to get out just enough to enjoy the blooms. It’s been a GREAT diversion.

      I use a variety of sources for wildflower identification. I don’t pretend to be a botanist so mostly the common name is good enough for me. This year I’ve been using the Seek app which is attached to i-naturalist, a crowd sourced resource. I also have a couple area specific books but traveling I tend to use area apps and websites or brochures. There’s a great app called Northern CA Wildflowers for my area. I also rely on my friends who are much more nerdy than me.

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